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                     === Miami survives, forces Game 7 ===
 
 Miami,  FL (Sports Network)  - Ray Allen resurrected the Heat with a clutch 3-
 pointer  near the end  of regulation, and Miami did just enough in overtime to
 force a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NBA Finals.
 
 The  instant classic at American Airlines Arena ended with Chris Bosh blocking
 Danny  Green's 3-point attempt to seal the Heat's 103-100 victory and deny the
 San Antonio Spurs a fifth championship.
 
 The  Spurs wasted a 13-point second half lead and were ahead by five with 28.2
 seconds  left in  regulation before LeBron James and Allen each connected from
 long range to send Game 6 to an extra session.
 
 James  scored  the go-ahead bucket in  OT and finished with his second triple-
 double of the series with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
 
 "That's  why you play the game until the final buzzer," James said. "It was by
 far the best game I've ever been a part of."
 
 Tim  Duncan had a monster 25-point first half, but managed just five after the
 break  and went the last 21:30 without scoring as he watched a fifth ring slip
 through his fingers.
 
 The Spurs have another chance Thursday but have history against them. The last
 five  Game 7s in the Finals have been won by the hosts. The Washington Bullets
 were  the  last team to take  the deciding game on  the road, doing so in 1978
 against the Seattle SuperSonics.
 
 "We  have to bounce back. We have to realize we have another great opportunity
 (Thursday),"  Spurs  point guard Tony  Parker said.  "It's going to be another
 great game."
 
 The  back-and-forth series saw four consecutive blowouts before Tuesday's game
 went down to the wire, mostly thanks to the fourth-quarter heroics from James.
 
 With  Dwyane Wade and  Bosh on the bench to start the period, it was up to the
 league  MVP  and a struggling  supporting cast to  rally from a 75-65 deficit.
 Three-pointers  from Mario  Chalmers and Mike Miller pulled Miami within 77-73
 early  on,  and James began attacking  the rim on every possession, even after
 taking an elbow to the chin from Manu Ginobili.
 
 Sans  headband following  the knockdown, James scored inside five times in the
 first  5  1/2 minutes.  His block  on Duncan  preceded his  tying layup at the
 other  end, and on the next possession, Allen got a reverse lay-in to fall for
 an 84-82 lead -- Miami's first since the second quarter.
 
 James  made 1-of-2 at the foul line to complete the Heat's 8-0 run, and it was
 still a three-point lead for the hosts coming down the stretch.
 
 Tony  Parker answered James by hitting a stepback 3-pointer over him with 1:27
 remaining, then spinning for two and a 91-89 lead inside the final minute.
 
 Three  free  throws by Ginobili gave  the Spurs a five-point lead before James
 got  a  second chance  at a 3-pointer  and connected with  20.1 seconds to go.
 After  Kawhi  Leonard split a  pair at the stripe  to keep it a one-possession
 game, 95-92, James missed from the perimeter with time winding down.
 
 Bosh,  though,  secured a  huge offensive  rebound and kicked  to Allen in the
 corner for a tying triple that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
 
 "Chris  made a  heck of an effort  to give us that second possession and found
 Ray,  and  Ray did  what he's  done for so  many years,"  Heat head coach Erik
 Spoelstra  said.  "We're just  looking  forward  to having  a  Game  7 in  our
 building."
 
 With  5.2 seconds left, Parker went coast-to-coast but was forced into a tough
 baseline fadeaway that fell well short as the buzzer sounded.
 
 It  was no more than a three-point game in the extra session, with consecutive
 buckets by Allen and James giving Miami a 101-100 lead with 1:43 on the clock.
 The Spurs turned it over their next two possessions, and Bosh blocked Parker's
 deep jumper with 31.3 seconds showing.
 
 After  Wade  missed a 21-footer,  Ginobili quickly drove  the lane and had the
 ball  knocked out  of his hands by Allen,  who was fouled with 1.9 ticks to go
 and sank both critical free throws.
 
 There was contact on Ginobili's eighth turnover, and a whistle could have been
 blown -- at least in one player's opinion.
 
 "We  obviously  believe it was a  foul going down  the middle. We get two free
 throws  and we're talking about something different here," a despondent Duncan
 said.
 
 Green'  desperate shot  from  the corner  was  smothered by  Bosh  to end  the
 thriller and keep Miami's hope at a repeat title alive.
 
 Bosh  totaled  10 points and  11 rebounds, Wade checked  in with 14 points and
 Chalmers woke up from a three-game slumber to chip in 20 points in the win.
 
 Leonard  recorded his  third double-double of the series with 22 points and 11
 boards,  while  Parker netted 19  points on  a subpar 6-of-23 shooting effort.
 Ginobili  was limited  to nine points, and Green made only one 3-pointer after
 hitting a Finals record 25 over the first five games.
 
 A   fast-paced  start  was  highlighted  by  Leonard's  dunk  over  Miller  in
 transition, a throw-down that was half stiff-arm, half tomahawk slam.
 
 There  were five  ties and four lead  changes in the opening quarter, the last
 coming  when  Chalmers capped his 10-point  frame with his second 3-pointer of
 the night to give the Heat a 27-24 lead in the final minute.
 
 Chalmers,  who shot 4-for-19 from the floor in the three games in San Antonio,
 gave the Heat their biggest lead at 40-33 with a 13-footer early in the second
 quarter.
 
 That's  when Duncan,  who made his first  eight shots, went on a personal  6-0
 run  to pull the Spurs  within one, then rattled in a turnaround jumper in the
 lane to tie things at 44-44 with under two minutes left in the half.
 
 Leonard's  tip-in  just before the buzzer  capped a deafening 11-0 run to give
 San Antonio a 50-44 halftime lead.
 
 Ginobili  opened  the third quarter with  a 3-pointer, but the Spurs made just
 one field goal over the next six minutes, allowing the Heat to cut its deficit
 to 57-56 on Miller's take to the rim.
 
 Parker  ended Miami's 12-4 spurt with a three-point play to spark a 14-3 surge
 that pushed San Antonio's margin to a game-high 13 points at 71-58.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 With  five 3-pointers, the  Spurs have made a Finals record 55 for the series,
 surpassing the previous mark of 52 set by the Celtics in the 2008 championship
 round  ...  The Heat have not  lost consecutive games since January ... Miller
 stayed  in  Miami's  starting  lineup  and scored  eight  points  after  going
 scoreless  the previous two games ... The Spurs won the battle in the paint by
 a 60-36 margin.
 
 
 
 
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